A still bursting scrap stash calls for more scrappy monsters! 

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I’m still working my way through my fabric scraps (I think I will be for quite a while too!) and following the success of my previous scrappy monsters I have decided to make a few more. These 2 look very happy with their friends, and I think this little group of monsters will be multiplying very soon! 

The tutorial below shows you how to make these two monsters, but if you like you could add a few more arms or legs or change their size.  
These monsters used fabric scraps from materials by The Craft Cotton Company.  


Scrappy monsters 


Materials 

Fabric scraps 

Pins

Scissors

Thread

Embroidery thread

Buttons

1- Draw out paper templates 

If your doing the same monsters as me the monster parts and size of the templates used are on the photo below, these measurements include a seam allowance. If you are doing your own, sketch out your monster then draw out your paper pattern pieces. Cut out these paper templates.  


2- Cut out your fabrics 

Using whatever fabric scraps you have cut out the fabrics for each body part, the more random the better! 
3- Sewing the body parts  
For arms and legs: starting with the front pieces place the first two pieces right sides together and sew down the edge to attach them together, repeat for piece 3 if applicable. Repeat for the back pieces. Now place the front and back pieces together and sew down the side along the bottom and up the other side, leaving the last edge unsewn, turn the right way and stuff. 


Head and body details: place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edges leaving bottom edge unsewn, turn the right way and stuff. 
4- Making the teeth

Fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together, and sew down the two sides leaving the top open. Turn the right way, and place on the back of the mouth and sew to hold in place.


If you are machine appliquéing the eyes and mouth details sew then onto the front piece now using a zig zag stitch. If you are hand sewing later ignore this step. 
5- Sewing the body together 

To sew the arms and legs and bits and body together, place the back body piece down right side facing up then place all the pieces in there correct locations with their bottom edges hanging over the edge of the back body piece, place the front piece on top right side down and sew around leaving a 10cm gap for turning. Turn and stuff then slip stitch closed.  

6- Hand sewing the face details 

Sew on the face details using blanket stitch. 
7- Add buttons for eyes 

After a bit of a false start I have completed another granny square Minecraft blanket, this time a wolf!   

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I had originally planned to make a snow golum Minecraft blanket next after the creeper, mooshroom cow and ghast, and had even got underway making a couple of grannies. However, after I had finished one ball of wool I hit a bit of a obstacle when I found I couldn’t find any wool in the right colours I was needing to finish it! I needed some different shades of orange and struggled to find any in shades different to what I had already used. Without these different shades I wouldn’t be able to get a good pixelated effect. So for now I have put the snow golum on hold whilst I find some other colours that will work.  
Instead I decided to start work on a wolf blanket instead as I had the wools I need to be able to do this. Similarly to my other Minecraft blankets I’ve opted to use a different granny square and I found the pattern for this one over on:
https://perigrineseyrie.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/corner-start-granny-pattern/
I completed 8 increasing rows to get the size I wanted before starting on the decrease.  

To get the half squares around be mouth I completed a seperate mouth piece consisting of 5 peach squares and 4 black squares and attached this onto the completed blanket, where I had placed browns and greys where the mouth piece would be going. 

I like how different this granny square is and I think it worked out really well. 

Swanning it’s way out is the last bird make for a little while and it’s….well it’s a swan! 

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I loved this bird when I saw it in Edward’s Menagerie: birds by Kerry Lord and I have been wanting to make it ever since, unfortunately during my previous bird making sprees a number of other bird makes have been sneaking their way ahead of it, but finally I have now been able to get it made. The wait was definitely worth it though, really makes me smile! 

A drawstring playmat – Perfect for reducing any standing on stray toy incidents and ideal for quick tidying up 

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I completed this drawstring Playmat tutorial for The Craft Cotton Company using their lovely balloon fabric. I have seen these about for a while and thought they were a brilliant idea, they make tidying up all those little tiny toy pieces that manage to get everywhere so much easier and anything that reduces the risk of standing on a stray piece of Lego is something that needs making! You could make this as big or as small as you wanted, so you can have one for taking toys out and about in the car and a big one for in the house. 

I knew straight away that the hot air balloon Fabric by The Craft Cotton Company would be perfect for this, along with a plain blue cotton for the backing fabric. The blue ribbon I used was some from my stash. 
Take a look over at this and other great ideas over on the Craft Cotton Company blog:  

http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1
Small take out and about version: 


Large version:


Pretty and pink crochet flamingo – with a bonus bit of sparkle too

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After a craft disaster which I still can’t bring myself to talk about…I decided something bright and sparkly was needed, I came across a pattern for a little crochet flamingo on Pinterest (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flamingo-applique-2) and knew it would be perfect for bringing a bit of brightness – you can’t beat a bit of pink.  

I had some pink sparkly  wool which was perfect, i’m going to make a couple more as you can never have too many flamingoes! 

Tentatively stepping out from my craft bag and making sure it’s feathers are just right is a very proud peacock 

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   I’ve been a bit slow with my crafting makes this last week as I’ve managed to pick up a cold, who gets a cold in summer – I’m blaming it on all this rain! As a result I had to take a little break as I just couldn’t concentrate on a pattern without completely messing it up, at one point I re-did a peacock wing 3 times before I reluctantly admitted defeat against the cold! 

But finally I am now on the mend and my bird making mini spree can continue, and next up is this lovely peacock from Edward’s menagerie: birds, by Kerry Lord. I love the feather detail on this – he’s all set to go and display himself proudly!  

Think I’ve got one more bird to go and this little bird spree will be over – for now! 

I knew I couldn’t keep away for long, these birds are too addictive!

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I’ve managed to take a small break from making these birds, but I have been wanting to get back and make just a few more for a little while now! I have now got a chance to make a couple more between projects so am going to get the last few I’ve been wanting made. Once I have got these finished and all the bird makes I’ve been wanting to do out of my system I think I can finally put this book back up on the shelf for a while……maybe!
The first of these makes is a dodo, I just had to make one of these cute little birds.  



This is from Kerry Lord’s book, Edward’s Menagerie: birds.  I love this book and the previous book Edward’s menagerie, I can’t wait for the next book Edward’s Imaginarium to come out soon!  

Ready to help someone transform into a beautiful mermaid, a crochet mermaid tail!

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This is the first of a few mermaid tail blankets I am making at the moment. I love these blankets they look brilliant and I would have loved to have one when I was younger, so I know these will make the perfect gifts for a few little ones I know. 
This is the smallest one of the three and I opted to use a few different shades of blue and a white and think the colours have worked out well together. 
The pattern I used for this is over on: http://homemadebygiggles.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/making-mermaid-tail-blanket.html?m=1

This is based on a pattern over on this link: https://yarnutopia.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/adultmermaidtailafghan.pdf which is also accompanied by a great utube video showing how to make it. 


I think I may have to make one for myself once I have completed these, your never too big for a mermaid tail…or two…. are you?! 

Perfect for any diy dads this Father’s Day – a tool roll 

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I was asked by the Craft Cotton Company to put something together for Father’s Day and as soon as I saw these fabrics I knew they would be perfect. I had the idea of putting together a pattern for a tool roll for all those diy loving dads, giving them a place to keep their favourite tools together that can easily be carried around, no excuses for misplacing tools anymore!   

Take a look over at this and other great ideas over on the Craft Cotton Company blog:  
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1